Originally Posted by Brinbro
Okay, thanks for your opinion. Since I didn't say they're better 'constructed' (a term that is thrown around here all too often in non-quantifiable and often irrelevant ways) I appreciate your contribution to this discussion.
In case you're not aware the W+H boot is certainly as much a 'fashion' boot than anything F+B makes, maybe even more so. Oh but wait, I forget all the dudes buying their new 'rugged' and 'outdoor' W+H boots to go work construction and maybe lay some concrete or chop a few trees down - yeah fucking right. Shit the other day my buddy just walked right out of this F+B boots since the sole unstitched itself and the leather disintegrated. What shoddy 'construction'!
And the boot I speak of specifically is the 745 from F+B - it comes in four or so finishes with great leather and I believe is assembled in Italy. Pretty great considering you can get it for around $400 or on sale for around $300 if you hunt. I consider that a much better boot (in case you didn't realize, this is opinion, so relax).
Seems like you're the only one in this thread who needs to "relax". What's with the attitude?
Actually, I ordered the 745 from gimmeshoes and back it went. Cool enough looking boot, but the leather was paper thin and the welting left much to be desired. Overall, the boot just didn't feel all that substantial. They reminded me of the "Made in Mexico" Fryes. I showed them to my cobbler and he wasn't impressed. Nice for walking around town, but I would not put the same faith in them that I have in Frye USA, Buttero, NDC, Red Wing etc. to ride my motorcycle and just plain beat the hell out of.
Face it, most boots are overpriced, but go ahead and actually handle both the 745 and the W+H. Formulate your own opinion. I have, and I think the W+H, at $720 is a better value than the F&B at $420.